UK's freak weather continues with driest start to year for 80 years

by Search Gate staff. Published Wed 30 Jun 2010 17:54
Water supply is already under threat from low reservoirs

The UK government has confirmed the country has experienced the driest first six months of any year since 1929.

As June ends with below average rainfall, official figures released today show that January to June had average rainfall of 356.8mm, making this period the second driest for 100 years. 1929 had the driest first six months of a year, when 275.7mm of rain was recorded.

The drier conditions have been caused by a lack of Atlantic weather systems, which usually cross the UK bringing bands of rain, especially to western regions.

The drier conditions have led to pressure on water resources in some areas.

Barrie Clarke, Communications Director at Water UK, the water industry representative, said: "These figures paint a graphic picture of why reservoir levels in the west are so low by comparison with normal years. During such a dry spell it makes sense to use water wisely wherever you live."

In the New Year, Britain shivered in the grip of the big freeze – one of the coldest winters on record, which covered the country in a sheet of ice and snow.

Over the weekend and into next week, further rain is expected towards northern and western regions, with some significant amounts. Dry weather is expected to continue over southern and eastern parts of the UK, however, there is the risk of a thunderstorm.

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Comments about UK's freak weather continues with driest start to year for 80 years

This article is wrong. It is based on the p.r. issued by the M.O. on 30/6 which did not include data to end of June. P.R. is now withdrawn.
R, Tyne & Wear around 3 years, 5 months ago

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